Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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(2012) ★½

Film4: PREMIERE Thursday 25 June, 9pm

“History remembers the battle,” intones Abraham Lincoln, “and forgets the blood.” Spilled by vampires, as the joky title makes plain. Make the most of that title – it’s the only joke in a humourless action flick that’s as earnestly cheesy as the Asylum’s cheeky B-pic cash-in, Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies. Benjamin Walker is the man with the stovepipe hat and silver-tipped axe, destroying the living dead with extreme prejudice. Adapted from a comic-book by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies writer Seth Grahame-Smith (he only does titles), it’s a picture filled with clever trick shots, silly 3D perspectives, and excessive digital work that’s ingenious but never scary and rarely thrilling. This Lincoln catches a stampeding horse. It’s been thrown at him by a vampire. That’s the kind of movie it is. Not good – the train sequences are especially unconvincing and the entire Civil War section is frankly perverse – but not quite as gameboy terrible as Nightwatch director Timur Bekmambetov’s previous Hollywood folly, Wanted.

Certificate: 15
Duration: 105min

Other Showings Time & Date
Film4 Tuesday, 30 June at 9:00PM